Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®)


Compensation is a key element of a Total Rewards strategy. Recognized as the world’s standard since 1976, the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation is known throughout the total rewards community as a mark of expertise and excellence in the fundamentals of compensation.

Possessing the Certified Compensation Professional designation gives you an edge in today’s competitive world signifying that you are an expert in your field. It gives you, and your employer, confidence in your job skills. The CCP designation demonstrates you possess essential knowledge about integrating compensation programs with business strategy, designing and administering base and variable pay programs, complying with legal and regulatory requirements, and effectively communicating compensation information.

The CCP is earned after obtaining a passing score for all required exams. For help developing the skills you need to become CCP certified, check out human resources training courses

Am I Eligible to Become a CCP®?

All CCP® candidates must meet certain educational, experiential, and credential requirements before sitting for the CCP® exam. Browse the following requirements to ensure your eligibility for this WorldatWork approved credential.

  • Total Rewards Management (T1/GR1)
  • Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional (T2)*
  • Quantitative Principles in Compensation Management (C3E) or Quantitative Methods (T3/GR2)
  • Strategic Communication in Total Rewards (T4/GR9)
  • Regulatory Environments for Compensation Programs (C1)*
  • Job Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation (C2/GR3)
  • Base Pay Administration and Pay for Performance (C4/GR4)
  • Variable Pay — Improving Performance with Variable Pay (C12/GR6)
  • Market Pricing — Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis (C17/GR17)
  • Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals (C8)

    * Not required for Canadian CCP

What Are the Next Steps?

Review the areas of eligibility above and ensure that you have met all prerequisites for the CCP® exam. If you do not meet all of these requirements you can either continue your studies and experience to work up to the CCP® requirements or you can look at one of the other HR certifications that WorldatWork has to offer.

Retaining the CCP® Certification

Upon successful completion and passing of the CCP® exam, all professionals must remain active to keep their designation.

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